The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 20

The War of the Simpsons

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 02, 1991 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After Homer gets drunk and embarrasses Marge in front of their friends at a party, she signs them up for a church sponsored marriage retreat at Catfish Lake. Meanwhile, Grampa is left in charge of the kids.

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  • Great

    After Homer gets drunk and embarrasses Marge in front of their friends at a party, she signs them up for a church sponsored marriage retreat at Catfish Lake. Meanwhile, Grampa is left in charge of the kids.

    Overall Homer's plot was okay

    but Grampa's plot was perfect

    8.5 out of 10

  • this was a good ep i tought

    in this ep of the simpsons . marge and homer go off on a treat and leave grampa in charge of things. and the kids are wondering whats grampa do he is smart in this ep and the kids through a good party and it gets outhand and makes grampa cry and they fix the house for the parents and homer and marge are having there diffrences seeing homer tyring to sneek off fishing and the homer catches the lengedary fish and he throws it back into the lake to prove his love for her and they return home this was a great epmoreless
  • retreat

    marge and homer go on a retreat to save their marriage, but homer tries to get a fish- General Sherman.

    grampa is left in charge of the kids, and he learns it isn't easy. so what's a grampa to do, other than trick the kids into feeling sorry for him and tidying up the house for their parents.

    a good episode, i really liked the ending when grampa fooled bart and lisa, as well as the main plot overall. Good execution and pretty funny, an A or so it gets from me, because i found some of it rather boring, to be honestmoreless
  • amazing ep, best ep ever

    This episode is truely superb with some great laughs in it!

    The main plot is very funny (most Marge & Homer marriage related episodes are), I particuly liked the scene in which Marge drolls out all the things that she finds wrong with Homer (that's great!).

    The Bart-Lisa-Grandpa subplot is also very funny. The list that Bart produces is classic and the things they go shopping for made me laugh. I liked how Granpa got the kids to tidy the house up just by crying! That was great - can kids actually make that much mess??

    amazing ep, best ep evar r rmoreless
  • Good episode

    Marge and Homer throw a party, but when Homer gets drunk and starts making a pass at Maude Flanders, telling off strangers, and stumbling over furniture, Marge signs up for a weekend retreat of marriage counselling hosted by Rev. Lovejoy. Homer finds out that the retreat will be held at Catfish Lake. Being the selfish person he is, he packs his fishing gear, hoping to catch the legendary catfish, the General Sherman. Marge discovers Homer planned to go fishing over fixing their marriage. Homer takes a walk instead. On his walk, he picks up an abandoned fishing pole which yanks and pulls him along the pier into a rowboat and onto the lake, the General Sherman being on the other end. Marge sees Homer from the cabin window and is disappointed. Homer catches the trophy fish, but Marge tells him that their marriage is in serious trouble if he values a fish more than her. To proove his love, he throws the fish back into the water and Marge forgives him.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Music From This Episode
      "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones (Heard during party)
      "The Look of Love" by Diana Krall (Heard during party)
      "That's the Way (I Like It)" by KC and The Sunshine Band (Heard during party)

    • There is a picture of a fisherman with the very large shark he landed in the bait shop. There is also a sign that says "Leaches for sale" (as opposed to "Leeches").

    • Recipe for Flanders' Planter's Punch: Three shots of rum, a jigger of bourbon, and just a dab-a-roo of creme de cassis for flavor.

    • Goof: When Maggie was trying to climb onto the table the color of her outfit was blue, but afterwards when the parents run out of the dining room in a panic, Maggie's outfit has turned pink.

    • Goof: Homer rows back with both paddles in good condition even though he broke one on General Sherman's head.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Homer: I'm sorry honey, can't we just forget about last night and go to church?
      Marge: I'm going to church alone today! You are going to stay here and explain to Bart why you scarred him for life!
      Homer: (Defensively) No I didn't! I... oh, you mean inside, don't you?

    • Homer: (after catching "General Sherman") I am the champion, I am the champion, no time for losers, 'cause I am the champion, of the world! (sees an angry Marge waiting for him) Uh-oh...

    • Lovejoy: Come on Homer what are her faults?
      Homer: Well sometimes she can be annoying!
      Marge: Oh Homer.
      Lovejoy: Now Marge, don't interrupt, you'll get your turn.
      Homer: I'm done.
      Lovejoy: Okay, Marge.
      Marge: Well… its not that I don't love the guy, I'm always sticking up for him, it's just that he's so self-centered. He forgets birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. He chews with his mouth open, he gambles, he hangs out at a seedy bar with bums and low lifes.
      Homer: Oh it's true!
      Lovejoy: Homer don't interrupt.
      Marge: He blows his nose on the towels and then puts them back in the middle!
      Homer: I only did that a couple of times!

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Ned, Maude, what brings you here?
      Ned: Well... sometimes God bless her, she underlines passages in my bible because she can't find hers!
      Homer: Oh, lucky you don't keep guns in the house.
      Reverend Lovejoy: Homer, why are you here?
      Homer: Oh, because I got drunk and looked down her dress!

    • Marge: Well I was thinking... do you think you could babysit the kids this weekend, I wouldn't ask, but we're desperate.
      Grampa: Oh suuuure! Last resort. Old Grandpa the feeb. The guy who can't be counted on for nothing knowhow dag-nammit. Everyone's against me! (Pause) I'll do it!

    • Homer: (drunk) Bart! Do that thing you do that's so cute!
      Bart What?
      Homer: That thing you know how to do!
      Bart: What!?
      Homer: (pause) Go to bed!

    • Marge: Go easy on the al-key-hole.

    • Homer: Mmmm... horse doovers.
      (He starts to help himself to the hors d'oeuvres, but Marge slaps his hand)
      Marge: Homer! You promised!
      Homer: I promised I wouldn't eat? Never! You lie!

    • Marge: Oh, they're here. How does everything look?
      Homer: Yeah, how do I look?
      Marge: Do we have enough glasses?
      Homer: Do we have enough gag ice cubes?
      Marge: Homer, Homer, put a record on.
      Homer: What are all our friends' names again?

    • Marge: I like to think that I'm a patient, tolerant, woman and that there was no line you could ever cross that would make me stop loving you. But last night you didn't just cross that line, you threw up on it!

    • (Bart and Lisa's breakfast with Grampa)
      Grampa: (Pours Lisa a cup of coffee) Sugar?
      Lisa: (Nervous) Yes, ten please.
      Bart: (Rattlin') Hey Grampa, top me off!
      Grampa: Are you sure your Ma let you kids drink coffee?
      Bart: FOR THE LAST TIME, YES!!!!

  • NOTES (5)

    • On the DVD commentary for this episode, Matt Groening reveals that he detested the moment when General Sherman jumped out of the water and winked at the audience. He fought to have it removed and lost.

    • Rejected material for this script included many couples who were supposed to be at the retreat instead of the Flanders'. Mr. Burns and his mail-order bride and Mrs. Krabappel trying to reunite with her estranged husband were just a few.

    • This episode was written by the staff of the show, but an unsolicited writer sent the staff a script that was almost perfectly the same story line. To avoid any trouble, the show "paid him $3000" and went forward with the story.

    • First Appearance: Snake. Also the first time Nelson laughs at someone in his traditional "Ha-Ha" line.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not do anything bad again.
      Couch Gag: Homer knocks everyone else off.


    • The Old Man and the Sea
      Homer's marathon attempt at catching General Sherman, his bludgeoning of the fish, and the line "I love you, but I have to kill you" are all based on Santiago's fight with the marlin in Ernest Hemingway's classic 1952 novel The Old Man and the Sea.

    • Peanuts
      The titles of pamphlets mentioned by Reverend Lovejoy in church are: "Satan's Boners" and "Good grief, more Satan's Boners!" This pairing of titles is based on the titles of a couple of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip compilation books entitled: Peanuts and Good grief, more Peanuts!.

    • The War of the Roses
      The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1989 film The War of the Roses.

    • Loch Ness Monster
      The photo of General Sherman, the giant catfish, is a parody of the infamous "Loch Ness Monster" photo.

    • The Omen
      The scene where Bart chases the babysitter with the car along with the music, are a parody of a scene from the 1976 film The Omen.

    • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
      John and Gloria, the other couple at the marriage retreat, are parodied after a similar couple, George and Martha, from the 1966 film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

    • Queen
      The song that Homer sings to himself after he catches General Sherman is a personal version of "We Are the Champions" by Queen.

    • Al Hirshfeld
      The art used in the scene in which Homer incorrectly recollects his behavior from the night before is akin to Al Hirshfeld's drawings that were commonly used as covers for The New Yorker magazine. The cartoon specifically used for the scene is a representation of the Algonquin Round Table, a literary society group of the 1920's.